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Project: Training teachers to use mobile (hand held) technologies within mainstream school education

 
 
   
 

Overview

 

General project data

     
URL   http://mlearn-project.eu/
Country   European
Year   2013
Project owner and copyright holder   The MLEARN partnership
Contact   daiana.huber@cpip.ro
Partners   Titan Partnership Ltd. (UK), Action Synergy SA (Greece), Fondazione Mondo Digitale (IT), Centrul Pentru Promovarea Invatarii Permanente CPIP (RO), Hamstead Hall Academy (UK), Bloemcampschool (NL)

Types of mobile devices

  PDA_PocketPC,mobile_phone,iPhone,game_console,notebook

Number of learners involved

  100

Number of teachers involved

  50

Duration

  36 months

Location

  UK, NL, EL, IT, RO

Educational establishment

  school

Phase of education

  elementary,secondary

Subject domain

  maths,physics,chemistry,biology,geography,other

Teaching/learning focus

  Embed the everyday usage of mobile devices in teaching and classroom work

Keywords

  European co-financed project, partnership, mobile learning, teacher training

Data submitted by

  Huber Daiana , CPIP Romania
     

Details

 

Context / rationale

Our aim is to embed mobile technologies within mainstream learning in and out of the classroom by providing training on hand-held devices for both teacher trainees and existing teachers.  MLEARN programme will challenge teachers to think creatively about mobile learning and will develop their confidence to try new ideas within the whole school curriculum. MLEARN will reach at least 55 teachers across the partnership, teaching across different subject areas in 10 schools in each country, in UK, Greece, Italy, Romania and the Netherlands. The technologies used will include mobile phones, games consoles, tablets, mp3 microphones and hand-held projectors.   Research suggests that there has been under investment in training for teachers in ICT generally, and that in a world where young people are avid and constant users of some new technology and much social media, teachers who are confident in the use of hand-held technology will be able to respond quickly to change and to channel the interest and IT skills of young people into education. 

Our vision recognises technologies are becoming commonplace within everyday lives but can also be used for powerful learning experiences in and outside of the traditional education environment. Our aim is to embed mobile technologies (handhelds) within mainstream learning in and out of the classroom by integrating training on mlearning within initial teacher training and in service training/continuous professional development programmes (CPD) to challenge teachers to think creatively about mobile learning and develop their confidence to try new ideas within the whole school curriculum. 

 

Approaches to teaching and learning

Project aim: to embed mobile technologies (handhelds) within mainstream by integrating training on mlearning within initial teacher training and in service training/ (CPD). We will challenge teachers to think creatively about mobile learning and develop their confidence to try new ideas within the whole school curriculum

 

Project objectives

To:

-Integrate the use of handheld technologies as a recognised and accepted learning tool within school education (primary, secondary and special schools)

-Embed the use of handheld technologies within teacher training programmes (initial / in-service / CPD) using agreed learning outcomes to insert these into ECVET and develop the Comenius in-service training programme, supported with relevant resources including a teacher’s guide.

-Pilot the training programme with teachers in primary, secondary and special schools as part of initial teacher training or in service training / CPD

-Enable teachers to use their new skills and competences by piloting handheld technologies in and outside of the classroom in a school based project in subjects and activities of their choice identified as part of their own learning process while on their teacher training programme

-Explore how after review and adaptation, the programme might be accredited at national levels as part of initial teacher training and/or in-service / CPD and further developed as a Comenius in-service training programme

- Develop a blended learning offer, inserting a modular/flexible option on a web based platform

-Develop a model for a whole school approach to embedding the use of handheld technologies within the curriculum through in-service training 

 

Project outcomes

Results to meet needs identified

-Teacher Training content will be Produced for use by teachers in primary, secondary and special schools, across the subject spectrum enabling teachers to integrate hand held technologies into their mainstream teaching programmes, regardless of subject.

-Teacher training programmes accredited at national level / inserted onto ECVET to be integrated into national initial teacher training and in-service training programmes

-Teacher training guide including example resources translated into all languages

-Teacher and school based case studies showing application of handheld technologies at all levels of learning in a wide range of subject areas, including within special schools 

-Blended/e learning offer to support teachers access the learning programmes more flexibly, available in all partner languages

- Comenius in-service training course submitted for approval for more teachers to benefit 

 

Outcomes

- innovative classrooms rather than episodes of learning

- A model for cascading learning amongst teaching staff within a school environment ensuring sustainability and replicability

-Greater understanding in schools of the value of handheld technologies in the motivation and retention of pupils in mainstream school provision

-better trained teachers with greater confidence in using mlearning every day at school

-Recognition of how handheld technologies can support improved inclusion, and literacy, numeracy, communication and IT skills

-Recognition of how handheld technologies support equal opportunities, diversity and inclusion objectives

-reducing the disparity in knowledge, skills and understanding between countries in the application and relevance of handheld technologies in the classroom